Frame Drums 101:

Comprehensive Frame Drum Course - For Beginner through Advanced Players

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Brief Course Description.
Frame Drums 101 is a comprehensive Frame Drum course in the Glen Velez style taught by world-renowned performer and teacher Yousif Sheronick.  The course covers both Lap Style and Hand Held playing with 7 hours of instructional video and over 40 PDF worksheets which contain all of the exercises and grooves from the course.  The video lessons are divided into 5 groups: Guided Technique Instruction, Warm Up Exercises, Call and Response Sessions, Ratio Exercises and Grooves.  

Is this course right for me?
This course should be titled Frame Drums 101, 201 and 301!  Beginners as well as players with decades of experience are enrolled and improving their playing.  Yousif's teaching method consistently addresses all levels of players.  From tone production to strength building, playing "melodically" to odd time signatures; Yousif keeps all players engaged, even when playing warm up exercises.  You'll learn the same exercises he uses every morning to warm up his hands, gain speed, accuracy and control.    

What material can I view and when?
Upon enrollment you have instant access to ALL 7 hours of videos and PDFs.  You can watch whatever you like, whenever you like.  Keep to Yousif's step-by-step curriculum or jump around the course videos as you wish.  

How does the monthly payment plan work?
With the monthly plan you are paying for one month (30 or 31 days) of access to the entire course.  The month starts whenever you enroll.  For instance, if you enroll on April 15th you will have access through May 14th. You are free to watch all the videos and download the PDF worksheets anytime during that month.  The subscription renews after one month unless you cancel.  Once you cancel you can still view the videos until that current month of access has ended.  The downloaded PDF worksheets you can keep forever.  

Why take THIS course?  
Excellent question!  Yousif’s master plan is to make you a well-rounded musician.  You won’t simply be given a series of strokes that make up a groove.  You will learn to play musically, to be able to pull “melodies” out of those grooves, to have solid internal rhythm and a greater ability to play in odd time signatures.  Yousif moves your thought process away from the analytical side of the brain and to the creative, stripping away numbers (math!) and replacing them with South Indian vocal cycles.  Using ratio exercises will transform your perception of time and get you to feel at ease with odd time signatures.  You will learn base patterns first before filling up those grooves with embellishments.  This will bring out the melodies in those grooves and transform you from a drummer into a musician!  

How are the sessions organized?
The first 6 sessions are on Lap Style playing and the second 6 are on Hand Held. The course curriculum is a step-by-step process.  It starts from the basics of holding the drum and playing basic strokes, then moves to Advanced Techniques such as Split Hand Technique, Snapping, Glen Velez Fast Fingerings, and playing with a brush in the left hand.  Having studied and worked with master frame drummer Glen Velez for 27 years, Yousif's teaching utilizes both South Indian vocalizations and the Glen Velez Handance method of stepping, playing and vocalizing simultaneously.   

Is there a solo I can play after completing the course?  
Yes!  Yousif composed a solo titled “Manhattan Ave. for Solo Frame Drum” using material learned directly from the course.  This is a wonderful goal to showcase what you have learned in Frame Drums 101.  The sheet music is not included in the monthly plan but is free as an added benefit to the yearly plan.  

Drum Suggestions:
Looking to purchase a drum?  I highly recommend the Cooperman Glen Velez series Frame Drums.  They are lighter in weight and have a deep shell which makes both Hand Held and Lap Style playing much more comfortable.  A 15" Tar is a good all around drum to start with.  The 20" Bodhran is brilliant for Lap Style playing.  You can purchase drums directly from our duoJalal linked store.  


 

Course Reviews:

Yousif Sheronick delivers an educational goldmine with his great new course, Frame Drums 101

I cannot convey how much I am enjoying Yousif Sheronick's Frame Drums 101. I would heartily recommend it to all of my students--and it's not just an undertaking for beginners.....Never mind that I've been playing frame drums for decades, there's l...

by John Marshall

Frame Drums 101 - Highly Recommend!

From start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed my time working through Yousif's frame drum course. I made so many connections to my percussion playing and especially my drum set playing (and compositions). I would often find myself taking the learned ...

by Rashaad Greene

Great way to start learning frame drums

It was a great experience, totally recommended. More than I was expecting, love the Velez style, ratios, and coordination with the feet. Looking forward 102!

by Fabian Torres

Yousif Sheronick delivers an educational goldmine with his great new course, Frame Drums 101

I cannot convey how much I am enjoying Yousif Sheronick's Frame Drums 101. I would heartily recommend it to all of my students--and it's not just an undertaking for beginners.....Never mind that I've been playing frame drums for decades, there's l...

by John Marshall

Frame Drums 101 - Highly Recommend!

From start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed my time working through Yousif's frame drum course. I made so many connections to my percussion playing and especially my drum set playing (and compositions). I would often find myself taking the learned ...

by Rashaad Greene

Great way to start learning frame drums

It was a great experience, totally recommended. More than I was expecting, love the Velez style, ratios, and coordination with the feet. Looking forward 102!

by Fabian Torres

Good Mixture

I enjoyed the course very much, it was a good mixture of techniques, grooves, exercises... thank you!

by Gitti Sardari

Frame Drums 101

The videos and the pdf worksheets are well organized, paced, and very helpful. I am enjoying this course very much. Thank you for offering it.

by Sally Swan

This is a Cool School!

The instructional videos are clear and concise. You can move at your own pace with the flexibility to either focus or move on. This course is enlightening, empowering, and plain fun!

by Jim Campbell

Very informative and helpful

I have been playing the frame drum occasionally for five years and would put myself at an intermediate level of playing. Even though the course is titled 101, there is a lot of material here for all levels to work with. I particularly liked havi...

by Lisa Sherman

What's included?

54 Videos
12 PDFs

Course Curriculum

Yousif Sheronick
Yousif Sheronick

About the instructor

Yousif Sheronick has performed around the globe to critical acclaim, genre hopping with leading artists in the classical, world, jazz and rock music arenas. The New York Times hails Yousif for his “dazzling improvisations” and his “wizardry on a range of humble frame drums”. Of Lebanese descent, Yousif was recently featured in Drum! Magazine highlighting his versatility in an article titled “At The Corner Of The World”.

In demand as an educator, Yousif teaches private lessons and classes at his home in New York and has conducted residencies and master classes at top universities including Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, the Queensland Conservatorium and National University in Australia.

Yousif’s unique skills in both World and Classical music have led him to perform with Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, Lark Quartet, Ethos Percussion Group, Branford Marsalis, Sonny Fortune, Cindy Blackman Santana, Glen Velez and Paul Winter. His many musical influences are highlighted in duoJalal, his venture with violist and wife Kathryn Lockwood.

A major force in bringing world percussion into contemporary/classical music, Yousif has had the luxury of working with composers Evan Ziporyn, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin and John Patitucci, all of whom were eager to compose for his exotic instruments.

As a composer and arranger Yousif has contributed several solo and ensemble works resulting in performances of his music around the world. He has arranged several parts for his collaboration with the Lark Quartet including John Adams’ “Book of Alleged Dances” which was released on Bridge Records. His producing credits include a solo CD and two instructional DVDs. “A testimony to his genius” raves Modern Drummer Magazine about Yousif’s CD Silk Thread, and Rhythm Magazine (UK) says Yousif’s Riq Instructional DVD “is a must to uncover the mysteries of this ancient instrument.” He has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Yousif gratefully endorses products from Cooperman Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Mallets and Pearl/Adams.

Visit his website at:  yousifsheronick.com